Brunswick stucco company fined $62K from OSHA

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Hutchinson Stucco Inc. of Brunswick has been cited for 11 safety violations after an inspection that found workers were exposed to fall hazards while constructing a three-story residential building on Hamilton Landing Drive.

Proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration total $62,200.

Nine repeat violations totaling $54,400 in fines for allowing workers to use a scaffolding system that was not fully planked were among the violations, according to OSHA.

The company was cited for these same violations in April 2008, according to OSHA.

Two serious violations – failing to have a ladder on the scaffolding to get on and off the platform and allowing workers to work for a scaffold that had planks directly attached to a roof without protecting from falls – resulted in  $7,800 in penalties, according to the agency.

"OSHA will not tolerate an employer repeatedly allowing workers to be exposed to falls from heights of up to 30 feet while working on improperly built scaffolding," said Robert Vazzi, OSHA's area director in Savannah, in a statement.

Hutchinson Stucco has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to respond with one of three actions – comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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